Matching With Friends Cheats And Tips
Our guide will give you the edge in Zynga's latest game.
Zynga's latest social mobile game Matching With Friends has already eaten up a fair chunk of our gaming time this week, and so we've put together a few handy hints to help you on your way to victory.
The lay of the land
One tip we've found very useful when starting a round is to focus less on what's already on the board, and instead look at the synergy of the three pieces you've been dealt. How efficiently can those three pieces be combined on their own to deliver a great score? After that, look at the colors and bonus tiles available on the game board, and work out how best to integrate your plan. Now you can tweak your original strategy to take the best turn possible.
Bombs away! Or not...
We've lost count of how many great rounds we've thrown away by not fully thinking through the consequences of bomb detonations. Every time you detonate a bomb, it will take out every adjacent tile, so be careful where you place it.
Bombs aren't just great for opening up some space for you to complete a great move, they can also be used to frustrate your opponent if you have the lead and want to hold them back on your turn, or just want to level the playing-field a little when you're trying to catch up.
Knowledge is power
In Matching With Friends, Zynga's taken some inspiration from its recently acquired masterpiece Draw Something. Before you take your turn, you get a full review of how your opponent delivered the score that blew you away. When you're first learning the game, don't just skip past this section as it gives a great opportunity to learn what to do (and sometimes, what not to do).
[B]The best offense...[/B]
So you've played a devilish collection of tiles, maximized your scoring opportunity and only left a handful of spare blocks on the board. Victory is yours, surely? Well, first of all make sure that in playing your master-hand, you're not leaving your opponent with the opportunity capitalize on a game-ending counter-attack through use of a multiplier tile that you've brought into play for them.
Sometimes it's worth sacrificing a little scoring opportunity to keep your opponent at bay in the next round. Keep the bigger picture in mind, and unless you can be sure you haven't provided an open goal for your competitor, stay aware of the important balance between a good offense and a good defense.
Swap or not?
Unless you've really been dealt a terrible hand, resist the urge to swap out too many tiles as this will cost you dearly in coins. Over a long game, these are put to much better use in buying bombs, lighting bolts which clear tiles in a different way. Keep an eye out for the star tiles that occasionally appear too: these act as a sort of blank tile which can be used to extend a chain of colors.
In the highly unlikely event that you've never played one of Zynga's traditional social games before, you can have up to 20 different games on the go at once, so don't feel you have to wait for Grandma to take her turn before you can get stuck back into a game.
If you're signed into Facebook, you can invite any of your socially-networked friends into a one-on-one, search for a friend by name, or just hit up a random opponent for exactly that.